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“There is no single disease which causes more psychic trauma, more maladjustment between parents and children, more general insecurity and feelings of inferiority and greater sums of psychic suffering than does acne vulgaris.”
--Sulzberger & Zaldems, 1948
Fortunately, in almost every case, acne of all levels of severity can be treated successfully! Here is more on what you can look forward to on Beauty-Classics.com, your source for acne information! What do you want to know about acne?
How acne affects people's lives
The psychosocial effects of acne have not been fully appreciated until recently. The reasons for this are many. After all, everyone gets acne to one degree or another. In most cases, it goes away on its own. While it's running its course, it is not a serious threat to anyone's overall physical health. In addition, until the last couple of decades, there was very little anyone could do to treat it.
Acne, nonetheless, has a significant impact on a person's outlook on life. Recent studies have detected the following as common among people with acne:
These effects above are often interrelated, with one effect leading to another and another, only to make the first effect worse. These negative psychosocial effects can have a crippling impact, discouraging patients from pursuing life's opportunities socially, on the job, or at school.
Acne is a disease of the Sebaceous Gland at the end points of Hair Follicles.
Sebaceous glands get their name from the oily substance they produce - sebum. Under normal circumstances, sebum travels up the hair follicle and out to the surface of the skin. However, in acne, sebum is trapped within the follicle. Acne develops on those areas of the skin where sebaceous glands are most numerous: the face, scalp, neck, chest, back, and upper arms and shoulders. The acne lesions we know as blackheads are called "comedones”. They are Red, swollen, pus-filled lesions are called papules, nodules, and pustules.
Four basic factors, work together for the development of comedones:
Acne usually begins when the body starts to produce hormones called androgens. When androgen production goes into high gear - about age 11 to 14 years - acne also goes into high gear. Androgens cause the sebaceous gland to enlarge, and this is normal. People who develop acne have sebaceous glands that are over-stimulated by androgens. Young women tend to have acne flare-ups that coincide with the hormonal changes associated with their menstrual cycle. These changes affect the sensitivity of their sebaceous glands to androgens.
Increased sebum production
After the sebaceous gland is stimulated by androgens, it produces more sebum. The oily sebum accumulate in the follicle, and travels up the hair shaft to the surface of the skin. As it travels up the hair shaft it also mixes with normal skin bacteria and dead skin cells that have been shed from the lining of the follicle.
The greater the sebum production, the greater the likelihood that the hair follicle will become clogged and result in comedones.
Changes inside the follicle
As androgen production increases and sebaceous glands enlarge, the inner lining of skin in the hair follicle also changes. Normally, dead cells inside the follicle shed gradually and get expelled onto the surface. However, during puberty these cells are shed more rapidly and tend to stick together. When they mix with sebum, they can clog the follicle i.e. the cells and sebum form a plug in the follicle.
The clogged follicle becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. One type of bacteria specifically involved is Propionibacterium acnesor P. acnes. P. acnesingest sebum and is a normal resident on skin even in people who don't have acne. However, when the sebaceous gland gets clogged, and sebum builds up inside the follicle, P. acnesmultiply rapidly. Chemicals produced by the bacteria can cause inflammation in the follicle and surrounding skin.
Clogged follicles develop into two types of acne breakout:
(1) comedones, or non-inflamed 'blackheads', or
The Genetic Factor
While virtually everyone gets acne to some degree, some people are born with a predisposition to certain types of acne. There seem to be similarities in acne among family members regarding patterns of acne lesions, duration of acne, severity and so on. Acne occurs in all races, but there are ethnic variations that suggest genetic influences; Caucasian Americans, for instance, tend to be more affected than African Americans or people of Asian heritage. Not much is known yet about the specific genetics involved in acne, but there seems to be a factor.
For example; If a teenager's parents or older siblings have had severe acne, that teenager is likely to have severe acne, too. It is all the more critical for such teenagers to be proactive about developing acne.
Acne from cosmetics
Comedones may be caused by certain cosmetics and toiletries containing ingredients that can clog pores. Such products, which include makeup, foundations, night creams and moisturizers, are called comedogenic. People should always look for "noncomedogenic" cosmetics and toiletries.
Cosmetic acne is usually minor and usually does not cause scarring. It: can be persistent, however, sometimes lasting for decades. Aggravating the problem, some young women try to cover up the pimples with even more makeup. Plus, normal teenage acne can occur at the same time.
Environmental causes of Acne
Acne may also be due to (or aggravated by) contact with a large variety of comedogenic substances. For example, the airborne grease in a fast food restaurant can be comedogenic, as can motor oil from potential regular exposure at a job.
Actually anything that can irritate acne-prone areas of the skin may make acne worse, including rubbing and friction from clothing, hair, sporting equipment and so on.
Over the Counter Products
Cleansers. There are many cleansers, soaps, washes and so on advertised for acne. Some may even aggravate acne. Our Aqua Deep Clean™Cleanser is an excellent product, Pharmacist Formulated to be effective but non-irritating. Also make sure that vigorous scrubbing and washing does not irritate the skin.
Benzoyl peroxide. It works by destroying the bacteria associated with acne, P. acnes.It usually takes about 2 weeks to work and it must be used continuously to keep acne at bay until you outgrow getting acne. This is because it does not affect sebum production or the way the skin follicle cells are shed, and when you stop using it, the acne comes back. It is available in a wide range of vehicles: creams, lotions, gels from our High Quality Pharmacist Formulary Clear Skincare and Acne Products AcneSkinPlex™. It often works quite well for milder cases of acne.
Salicylic acid. On the skin helps to correct the abnormal shedding of cells. For milder acne, salicylic acid helps unclog pores to resolve and prevent lesions. It does not have any effect on sebum production or P. acnes, It must be used continuously, since its effects stop when you stop using it. Pores clog up again and the acne returns. Salicylic acid is available in many of our High Quality Pharmacist Formulary Clear Skincare and Acne Products, such as the Aqua Clear™ Acne Cotrol Toner, the Aqua Deep Clean™ Cleansers and the AcneSkinPlex™ Products
The goal of acne therapy is to get rid of existing lesions
Step 3: Treat and prevent with BEAUTY CLASSICS™ DERMA CLEAR™ ACNE SKIN DEFENDER Treatment. Apply to bring breakouts under control and help prevent future ones from forming.
Step 5: Hydrate and renew with BEAUTY CLASSICS™ Dry Skin Fluid™ or FRESH FLORALS™ DRY SKIN CREAMRenewing Lotion and Cream with Sheer hydration that helps fade the look of spots and redness for an overall renewed appearance.